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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Lady August by Becky Michaels: Review & Giveaway with HFVBT Blog Tours

Lady August by Becky Michaels

Publication Date: March 30, 2021
Mildred Press
Paperback & eBook; 310 pages

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency

August Summer thinks she is a nobody until a London solicitor barges into her employer’s drawing room, revealing not only is she the daughter of an earl but a wealthy heiress as well. Optimistic about a new life, she travels to her ancestral home of Linfield Hall, only for her brother to banish her to London to live with her aunt, a dowager duchess with a reputation.

When Lord Bolton asks him to fetch his illegitimate daughter, solicitor Samuel Brooks does not expect himself to become so invested in the young woman’s debut after wanting nothing to do with dinners and balls before. But as August navigates her way through this new world of the British aristocracy, Brooks is the one who is most dazzled by her unexpected charms.

Since society demands every young girl must marry, August decides she will accept nothing less than someone’s heart in exchange for possession of her newfound fortune. Forced to reexamine his negative views of love and marriage or lose August forever, Brooks soon realizes his heart is the only thing in danger of becoming possessed.

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The prologue of this book introduces Samuel Brooks as an eight-year-old boy who overhears a conversation that would remain with him all of his life. I was drawn to this young boy who had already decided that there were no happy marriages, but, as the story continues, I couldn't decide how I felt about him as an adult. It is twenty-two years later that Brooks is asked to find the illegitimate daughter of his client, and his life's destiny is forever changed. He still doesn't believe in love and marriage, but he does feel protective feelings toward August Summer, the young governess who turns out to be Lord Bolton's daughter. I had no doubts about my feelings for August! I liked this independent and spunky girl who was shocked to learn that she was an heiress, and mystified about her new position in London society. How would she handle the many suitors who were eager to court her? Were they interested in her, or were they anxious to learn just how much dowry she had to offer?

Romance lovers will enjoy the intense relationship that develops between August and Brooks. Yes, there is definitely a physical attraction, but there is also the connection of two people who have experienced deep hurts in their pasts. Brooks is willing to protect August, but can he overcome his fears and doubt, and offer her what she truly wants? Are love and trust possible?

Fans of historical fiction will enjoy Lady August, a realistic glimpse of British society as it was in 1816 London. Author Becky Michaels offers fascinating characters, intriguing complications, and alluring regency romance, but there are some issues that may prove to be disturbing to readers, such as domestic violence, sibling death, and depression. There are also some steamy scenes between husband and wife.

I received a copy of this book from the author via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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About the Author

Becky Michaels is a historical romance author and self-proclaimed Anglophile. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in English, she reluctantly decided to get a day job but never stopped writing—or dreaming. THE LAND STEWARD’S DAUGHTER, a Regency romance set in 1815 England, is her debut novel. Despite the cold winters and high rent, she still lives in the Boston area with her boyfriend and cat.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 3
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Tuesday, May 4
Excerpt at Novels Alive
Review at Probably at the Library

Wednesday, May 5
Review at Bookworlder

Friday, May 7
Review at Novels Alive
Excerpt at Books, Ramblings, and Tea

Monday, May 10
Review at Rajiv's Reviews

Wednesday, May 12
Excerpt at I'm All About Books

Friday, May 14
Review at Two Bookish Babes

Monday, May 17
Review at Anna’s Book Blog

Tuesday, May 18
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy

Thursday, May 20
Excerpt at What Is That Book About

Friday, May 21
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Monday, May 24
Review at Jorie Loves A Story

Tuesday, May 25
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Wednesday, May 26
Review at andreajanel_reads

Friday, May 28
Excerpt at The Tea Queen

Monday, May 31
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, June 1
Interview at Reader_Ceygo

Wednesday, June 2
Review at Reader_Ceygo
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Review at Older & Smarter

Thursday, June 3
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary

Friday, June 4
Review at The Enchanted Shelf


Enter to win a copy of Lady August by Becky Michaels!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on June 4th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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